U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a truck carrying cucumbers entering the U.S. at Nogales, Ariz., and made the largest seizure of fentanyl in the agency’s history.
The seizure at the Port of Nogales included fentanyl and methamphetamine, valued at $4.6 million and weighing almost 650 pounds, according to a news release on the Jan. 26 discovery. It was also the third-largest seizure of methamphetamine at an Arizona port. The CBP announced the smuggling attempt at a Jan. 31 press conference at the port.
More than 400 packages were concealed in a hidden floor compartment of the trailer containing cucumbers. A trained dog alerted officers to the illicit cargo of about 254 pounds of fentanyl valued at $3.5 million and almost 395 pounds of methamphetamine valued at $1.1 million.
The driver, a 26-year-old male Mexican national, was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations and charged with two counts of possession with intent to distribute.
“This case clearly shows that (Homeland Security Investigation’s) and CBP’s collaborative efforts continue to have an impact, as those attempting to smuggle illicit drugs are stopped at the border,” HSI Special Agent in Charge Scott Brown said in the release. “These efforts exhibit the combined resources of law enforcement agencies’ resolve to combating these deadly drugs from entering our communities.”